CSN Top 20 Rankings, Playoffs-Quarterfinals

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CSN Top 20 Rankings, Playoffs-Quarterfinals

1 Maine South (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 1): Defeated Conant 27-13
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Glenbard North
PrepsTalk: No second-round slump this time around. The Hawks roll into the quarterfinals behind 244 total yards and three touchdowns from Northwestern-bound quarterback Matt Alviti.

2 Glenbard West (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 2): Defeated Libertyville 38-10
Next Game: 7A Playoffs vs. Wheaton North
PrepsTalk: The Hilltoppers sacked Libertyville quarterback Jack Deichl nine times, including 3 from Jack Wheeler. Devante Toney and Nathan Marcus also found the end zone for Glenbard West.

3 Lincoln-Way East (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 3): Defeated Providence 24-14
Next Game: 7A Playoffs vs. Edwardsville
PrepsTalk: The defense produced a safety and contained Celtics running back Brandon Price. Solid games on offense from running back Nick Colangelo and quarterback Tom Fuessel.

4 Loyola (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 4): Defeated Bartlett 31-7
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Palatine
PrepsTalk: The Ramblers cruise after an early 7-0 deficit. Running back Julius Holley (22 carries, 113 yards, TD) and quarterback Peter Pujals (31-45, 266 yards, rushing TD) come through once again.

5 Marian Central Catholic (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 5): Defeated Woodstock North 41-20
Next Game: 5A Playoffs vs. Montini
PrepsTalk: The Hurricanes utilized three second-half turnovers and Chris Streveler (259 total yards, three TDs) took over from there. And look who comes to Woodstock for the quarterfinals

6 Mount Carmel (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 6): Defeated Simeon 41-6
Next Game: 8A Playoffs at Lyons
PrepsTalk: The Caravan held the Wolverines to four total yards in the first half. Draco Smith, Matt Domer, Don Butkus and Vincent Speller all scored for Frank Lentis crew.

7 Crete-Monee (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 7): Defeated Richwoods 35-32
Next Game: 6A Playoffs vs. Ottawa
PrepsTalk: Laquon Treadwells interception return for a score and one-yard TD reception helped erase a dismal seven-turnover day by the Warriors; C-M avenges last years playoff loss to Richwoods.

8 Palatine (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 9): Defeated Schaumburg 42-14
Next Game: 8A Playoffs at Loyola
PrepsTalk: An opportunistic defense and an offense led by Ethan Olles, Cam Kuksa, Alex Nawrot and John Serio pace Palatine. The Pirates reach the 10-win mark for the first time since 1997.

9 Neuqua Valley (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 10): Defeated Bolingbrook 44-33
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Waubonsie Valley
PrepsTalk: Another game, another signature win by Neuquas program. Joey Rhattigan: 27 carries, 27 carries, 344 yards, five touchdowns. And you thought the first Neuqua-Waubonsie game was big

10 Cary-Grove (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 11): Defeated St. Patrick 49-21
Next Game: 6A Playoffs vs. Crystal Lake Central
PrepsTalk: The Trojans racked up 551 rushing yards, 205 of those from Kyle Norberg. The senior fullback also scored three touchdowns. Quarterback Quinn Baker rushed for 188 yards and a score.

11 Waubonsie Valley (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 12): Defeated Oak Park-River Forest 28-7
Next Game: 8A Playoffs at Neuqua Valley
PrepsTalk: Austin Guido (232 yards on 39 rushes) and quarterback Dylan Warden scored two touchdowns apiece. It sets up a very interesting rematch in Naperville.

12 Glenbard North (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 13): Defeated Stevenson 23-14
Next Game: 8A Playoffs at Maine South
PrepsTalk: Justin Jackson was Ironman against the Patriots. He piled up 216 yards on 48 carries with three touchdowns. Playing cornerback, he helped tame a very talented Stevenson offense.

13 Wheaton North (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 14): Defeated Prospect 14-7
Next Game: 7A Playoffs at Glenbard West
PrepsTalk: Quarterback John Peltz hooked up with Matt Biegalski on a 5-yard scoring toss in the fourth that proved to be the winning score. Clayton Thorson left the game with a collarbone injury.

14 Benet (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 16): Defeated Oswego 28-13
Next Game: 7A Playoffs at Downers Grove North
PrepsTalk: Porter Ontko has helped cement the Redwings as a top defensive team (INT-TD against Oswego), but how about his skills on offense: 213 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

15 Lemont (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 17): Defeated Richards 23-19
Next Game: 6A Playoffs at Oak Forest
PrepsTalk: The defense, led by Connor OBriens two forced fumbles was clutch once again. Quarterback Zach Brosseau: 20-for-29, 231 yards, TD. A rematch and rivalry game await.

16 Oak Forest (10-1)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Shepard 69-29
Next Game: 6A Playoffs vs. Lemont
PrepsTalk: The Bengals make a big splash en route to the quarterfinals, with Ben Santiago scoring four touchdowns against the Astros. Lemont beat Oak Forest 17-14 back on September 21.

17 Morris (10-1)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Urbana 65-20
Next Game: 5A Playoffs at Washington
PrepsTalk: The Redskins, familiar faces in in November IHSA football, roll into the quarterfinals behind Reese Sobols 321 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Collin Grogan also had two scores.

18 Montini (9-2)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Sycamore 24-22
Next Game: 5A Playoffs at Marian Central Catholic
PrepsTalk: Andrew Harte's 34-yard field goal with five seconds left gave the Broncos the victory. It sets up (what else is new) another dramatic showdown with their Suburban Christian Blue foes.

19 Lake Zurich (9-2)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Hononegah 17-6
Next Game: 7A Playoffs vs. Boylan
PrepsTalk: The Bears overcame three consecutive second-half turnovers to get the victory. Lake Zurich sealed the game when Robert Rossdeutchers interception led to a six-yard touchdown run by quarterback Sean Lynch.

20 Lyons (7-4)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated OFallon 42-27
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Mount Carmel
PrepsTalk: A big win for the Lions, traveling close to five hours to get the victory. Leonard Ross and Zach Mahoney each had two rushing touchdowns. Jake Elliott kicked four field goals.

Looming and Lurking: Lake Forest, Aurora Christian, Joliet Catholic, Notre Dame, Brooks, Evergreen Park, Downers Grove North, Lincoln-Way West, Crystal Lake Central, Kaneland, Bolingbrook, Providence, Lakes, Richards, Coal City.

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Doug McDermott's return boosts Bulls' bench

Doug McDermott's return boosts Bulls' bench

Doug McDermott wasn’t exactly hunting for his first shot, but the first time he touched the ball in an NBA game in nearly a month wasn’t the optimal situation for him to let one fly.

It wasn’t in transition where he runs to an opening behind the 3-point line, nor was it a drive-and-kick situation where the help defense collapsed and left him open. It was a regular, simple, pass to the perimeter and McDermott’s defender was in reasonable proximity with 3:23 left in the first quarter.

He launched and the crowd soon roared its approval as his sweet jumper was sorely missed by the Bulls bench brigade—and moments later when he ran the floor for a fearless layup that caused Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to call a timeout, McDermott showed he missed the United Center crowd too, calling for more noise on his way to the bench.

“Anytime you have a guy like Doug, he comes back and makes his first 3, that’s hard to do,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He stepped up with confidence on that first shot. I’m sure he had a lot of nerves getting back out there.”

Missing 12 games and suffering two concussions, McDermott looked right at home in 25 minutes of run Thursday as the Bulls were able to rely on their reserves in some form in their 95-91 win over the previously perfect road warriors known as the Spurs.

“We defended and kept them off the foul line,” McDermott said. “Coach (Jim) Boylen was with them, so we feel we know them and I think all this time they were missing my defense.”

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The last statement was certainly tongue-in-cheek, but the Bulls’ bench production was certainly missing in action while he was out with the concussion protocol. So much so that his return prompted the Bulls’ coaching staff to call out the reserves in the morning shootaround, demanding more.

“It’s definitely Dwyane (Wade) and Jimmy (Butler) and (Rajon) Rondo (but) the coaching staff kinda called out our bench like, we gotta have you tonight, bench,” McDermott said. “We took that to heart, we were really locked in.”

Seemingly his presence aided the Bulls’ spirits and production, as the Bulls’ bench had the least effective scoring bench in the NBA since Nov. 13, the day after McDermott hit the unforgiving floor against the Wizards for his second concussion this season.

Their net rating ranks ahead of only the Wizards, Mavericks and Nets, who are a combined 17-45 this season. Their effective field goal percentage, which takes into account 3-pointers, is worst in the league in that span (42.3 percent).

When McDermott was healthy for that smaller sample size, the Bulls’ bench ranked fifth in offensive efficiency, seventh in net rating, and fifth in efficient field goal percentage. Whether McDermott – and his absence – was directly related to those numbers, it’s clear the Bulls are better when they have their best reserve – and only true floor spacers on the second unit – on the court.

“We’re all professionals and we want to help the guys who are busting their butts in the first unit to get us the leads,” McDermott said. “Tonight we did a great job of sustaining it. We take it personal when teams come back on us.”

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Nikola Mirotic was four of eight from the field, and Cristiano Felicio seems to be back in Fred Hoiberg’s good graces as he’s carved out a rotation spot for himself with nine points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes.

It seems as if Hoiberg will stick with this rotation of players, at least for a little while until Michael Carter-Williams returns from his injuries. If McDermott is the mark of the Bulls’ bench going from bottom feeder to adequate, it should show this month.

“When he’s out there on the floor and we get him coming off screens, it forces the defense to shift as another person they need to be aware of,” Hoiberg said. “It opens up driving lanes for our guys. It was great to have Doug back with us.”

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